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Police identify victims of fatal motorcycle crash

Michigan residents may have heard about the crash between a vehicle and a motorcycle that occurred on the night of June 28 in La Salle Township. Michigan State Police of the Monroe post have identified the two motorcycle riders who were killed in that crash. Both were Monroe County residents, ages 53 and 45. However, the identity of the 52-year-old driver of the vehicle has not been released.

The crash took place on South Dixie Highway between a 2017 Harley-Davidson and 2003 Dodge Neon. It occurred when the car crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the motorcycle. Both riders, who were wearing helmets, were pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the car survived with non-life-threatening injuries. The severity of the impact caused the Harley-Davidson to catch fire, and the car fell into a ditch.

Closing a section of the highway for several hours, police had the Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit collect measurements and other crash evidence. Once the investigation is complete, an accident report will be submitted for review to the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office.

Though the details are few, it appears that the driver was to blame. Whether it was because of drowsiness, distraction or impairment is unclear.

When negligence is established as the reason behind a fatal accident, the decedent's family or some other eligible dependent may be able to file a wrongful death suit. However, it might be necessary to prove that the decedent did not contribute through his or her own negligence. This is why legal assistance is often so crucial. A lawyer could evaluate the case and hire third parties to conduct their own investigation. Once the claim is strengthened with proof, the lawyer could negotiate for an informal settlement with the other party's auto insurance company.

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